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Wayne State noted for receipt of major philanthropic gifts

October 26, 2014


In a story about philanthropic gifts between September 2013 through mid-October 2014, Wayne State University is noted with two major gifts. James Anderson and his wife, Patricia, gave $25 million earmarked for the College of Engineering to establish the James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute "to foster a culture of entrepreneurship by offering expert guidance and resources for faculty and students during the startup process." Mike and Marian Ilitch donated $8.5 million to create the Ilitch Chair for Surgical Innovation and establish a fund to support research. Wayne State has renamed the department the Michael and Marian Ilitch Department of Surgery. Around $1.5 million of the grant will fund the endowed chair.